We offer a full range of lawn care services including:
- Weed Control
- Moss Control
- Pest and Disease Treatment
- Hollow and Solid Tine Aeration
- Seeding and Over-seeding
These can be taken in isolation but we find the best lawns are produced when a programme of regular treatments is carried out. (Details of our full lawn-care programme can be seen on the right of this page). (Details of our full lawn-care programme can be seen at the bottom of this page).
Grass is like people in that it responds best when fed little and often; this can be as little as four times per year or as many as six depending upon your soil type and requirements. We use the finest professional slow release fertilisers to care for your lawn, ensuring a good colour and healthy appearance.
Whilst we appreciate biodiversity, lawns look their best when free of weeds and undesirables. We achieve this with two or possibly three weed treatments per year depending upon the species present. These are usually applied in conjunction with a fertiliser to encourage grass to outcompete and fill in the spaces left by weeds. All our products are safe for your lawn, children and pets.
Moss is a perennial problem with UK lawns and we have several effective treatments to control this within your lawns. Best applied in autumn and winter when moss is active, the moss will lose colour and die back. It is important to consider also why the moss is in your lawn and try to treat the cause. We will discuss this with you as part of your lawn survey. Usual factors include shade, thatch, compaction, poor soil or lawn pests weakening the grass.
Pest and Disease Treatment
Lawn pests such as chafer grubs and leatherjackets are a major issue in some lawns. With the experience for an accurate diagnosis and access to a range of insecticides and biological control options, we can eliminate pests and the harm they do to your lawn.
Lawn diseases can be controlled largely by correct nutrition, cultural actions such as regular scarifying and good lawn care practices. On occasions where a specific disease is a problem, we can apply fungicides to provide protection and control of all lawn diseases, keeping your lawn blemish free.
Hollow and Solid Tine Aeration
Hollow Tine aeration is a mechanical treatment to relieve compaction and remove thatch from your lawn. Thousands of cores are removed from your lawn, thinning the thatch layer and allowing water, nutrients and air to reach the roots of the lawn. This encourages deeper rooting and thus a healthy better looking lawn. The holes left fill and close as the soil either side crumbles, thus relieving compaction.
Solid tine aeration is again a mechanical treatment using dagger shaped tines to fracture and crack the soil profile. This can be useful to improve summer water infiltration into your soil particularly when used in conjunction with a wetting agent.
Scarification uses a professional machine with spinning knife shaped blades to remove thatch and some moss from your lawn. This facilitates further breakdown of the thatch as oxygen and water can enter the soil giving a healthier growing environment for the grass plants in your lawn. It also encourages the grass to tiller (shoot sideways), thickening up the lawn.
Seeding and Over-seeding
Seeding of bare areas of existing lawn with professional high quality lawn seed is a great and inexpensive way to create new areas of lawn. The soil is cultivated, firmed and levelled prior to sowing seeds and lightly rolling. New plants can be expected to shoot after 14 days.
Over-seeding is sowing grass seed into an existing lawn to rejuvenate a tired lawn or as part of a programme to change the major grass species in a lawn. A seed bed is created by scarifying then grass seed sown over the whole lawn and brushed into the seed bed. An optional soil dressing and rolling can further improve germination success.
Top-dressing is simply the progress of adding soil or sand to the surface of the lawn to dilute thatch and level the surface. The choice of sand, soil or a mix or both will depend upon the soil type you have and the intended aim of the dressing. The dressing is worked in with a levelling frame called a lute which takes material from high areas and deposits it in hollows. Lawns can be levelled up to 1” at a time so repeat applications are often necessary over a number of seasons.
Top-dressing may also be recommended to aid in the establishment of seed after the over-seeding process.
For smaller lawns (and sometimes larger) it can be equally as cost effective to remove your existing lawn and start again with turf. We can provide an accurate quotation to enable you to make the best decision and explain the costs / benefits of a new lawn versus treating your old one. Instant results are the obvious benefit but you should also consider why the old lawn is in need of replacement and we can help you make an informed decision as well as what treatment may be required to keep your new lawn in top condition.
Mowing is possibly the single most important thing you can do to your lawn. If you choose our total programme we can do this for you. For other treatment programme the mowing is up to you or your gardener, however we can offer help and advice on timing, mowing height, frequency and mowing selection.
The general rule is do not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any one time. Mow weekly in the summer and leave the grass longer when hot to prevent drying out. The shorter you cut the grass, the more stress your lawn is under and in general the more care it will require to keep it looking good. A height of 1″ or more is good place to start.
For a free, no obligation survey as well as honest impartial advice call Green Stripe on 01908 282850 or send us an email.